How to become a better fighter

Show up at the gym consistently

If you want to improve at your martial art and become a better fighter then it is necessary to practice. This means showing up at the gym consistently, even if you do not feel like it. Muay Thai fighters train up to a grueling 6 hours a day, so in comparison, it shouldn’t be difficult to show up for at least 1 hour at your gym. You are commented on your goals and showing up every day is critical in order to make them successful.


Train hard but smart

Every fighter wants to train as hard as they can. Just make sure that your training is not counterproductive by doing too much and overtraining. Overtraining has detrimental effects and can cause fatigue. It is important to find a balance between your training schedule and training intensity. The use of a heart rate monitor to check your resting heart rate is effective to see if you are overtraining.


Eat proper nutrition in order to perform and recovery correctly

You are not going to stay in shape or make fight weight by having poor eating habits. Training puts stress on your body, therefore, you should fuel your body with the correct nutrition in order to perform and recover. Lack of the proper nutrition can have adverse effects on your body such as fatigue. You can seek professional advice from a qualified Nutritionist.


Recovery is crucial

Fighters understand the importance of training and nutrition for proper performance but often fail to understand the importance of recovery. Resting and sleep are critical in order to recover between training sessions because it allows the body to recover and repair itself.


Do your homework outside of the gym

Outside of the gym learning can continue by watching fights and training videos. Pick a technique or a fighter that you like and watch how he trains and transfers his training techniques to his fights. This can be very beneficial for visual learning.


Surround yourself with like-minded people

It is important to have people around you that have similar goals or support your goals. This will enable you to stay motivated and grow as a fighter. There are lots of ups and downs as a fighter, being supported by these people will help you to make positive decisions and share experiences.


Stay ready so you do not have to get ready

Fighting is a tough sport to make it in as fighters only have a few chances per year to make an impact on their career. Therefore, it is important to stay ready all the time in case an opportunity arises. This is because a lot of times a promoter will call out of the blue due to someone pulling out or getting injured and ask you to be a replacement. This could be the opportunity of a lifetime. However, if you are out of shape or over the fight weight category you will have to decline this opportunity and let someone else take advantage of it.


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The History of Boxing


Some say that boxing is the oldest martial art, and there is a real argument for that statement.  Ever since our simian ancestors learnt to ball up their hands into fists and use it to brutal (even deadly) efficiency, mankind has engaged in some form of hand-to-hand combat.  As time rolled on, early man refined its fighting techniques.  Survival instinct, became military requisite, this flowed into an art form and then became sport.  Each age and epoch adding its own element, style and flavor to what will come to be known as boxing.


Even though fist fighting has existed since the dawn of time, the earliest recordings came not from Europe or the America’s, but from what is known the Middle East and the Cradle of Civilization.  Depictions of fist fighting as a form of contest was depicted in early Sumerian reliefs in Iraq.  Then like most events, activities, inventions and food of the time it spread to the other great nations of the area and Asia Minor.  Excavations from Assyrian, Babylonian and Hittite sites revealed images of figures who were undoubtedly engaged in a primitive boxing match.


The sport then spread westward, through the Aegean and Mediterranean.  Sardinians were boxing each other around 2000-1000 BCE, and the Minoans of Crete took up the sport around 1650-1400 BCE.  The ancient Greeks introduced the sport into the Olympic Games in BCE 688 and called it pygme or pygmachia.  The Romans, in their typical fashion, brought the sport to a whole new, bloodier and deadlier level during their time of prominence.  In the Amphitheaters, boxers would fight to the death, but this practice later became unfavorable during the gladiatorial days when the ruling class saw the fighters not just as entertainment but as commodities as well.


As time moved forward, civilization, countries and nations became more organized, more evolved, and so did boxing.  The combat and brutality was still there, but techniques and rules were implemented and refined.  During the 12th-17th century the sport became huge in Italy.  The development of the sport overlapped with the ongoings in Britain during the 17th century from which the majority of what we know as boxing today came from.  The Marquess of Queensberry rules were written under the patronage of, who else, the Marquess of Queensberry and was the official rules of fist fighting from 1867 all the way until the modern era.


The 19th and 20th centuries saw the rise of timed rounds, and the mandatory use of leather and padded gloves (even though statues of ancient Roman boxers have been excavated showing them with leather wraps around their hands) and weight divisions.  The sport also broke free of regional and national boundaries becoming a true global sport.  These days boxing events draw some of the largest crowds, both live and televised, throughout the entire world of sports.


An event in the modern Olympic Games since the early 1900s, boxing is now an international sport practiced by men and women of all ages, and from reasons ranging from serious competition to the promotion of physical fitness.  Boxing is special in that it has existed almost as long as we have and will enjoy a healthy future as well.


Article contributed by London Fight Factory.